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New Zealand History: Treaty of Waitangi

The New Zealand History website is operated by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and provides information about the Treaty of Waitangi and issues surrounding it.

Website: www.nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty-of-waitangi

Waitangi Tribunal

The Waitangi Tribunal website provides information and resources on the claims process.

Website: www.waitangitribunal.govt.nz
Email (general inquiries): WaitangiTribunal@justice.govt.nz

To submit a claim to the Tribunal, you can: email your application to WT.Registrar@justice.govt.nz, post it to Waitangi Tribunal, DX SX 11237, Wellington or personally deliver it to Level 7, Fujitsu Tower, 141 The Terrace, Wellington.

Network Waitangi Ōtautahi (NWO)

NWO is an organisation that supports the development of a multicultural, Treaty-based society. The website contains various resources and reports.

Website: www.nwo.org.nz
Email: organisers@nwo.org.nz
Phone: 03 365 5266

Matike Mai Aotearoa Report was completed by an Independent Working Group in 2015, dedicated to Constitutional Transformation based on tikanga and kawa in Aotearoa/New Zealand. This report outlines their vision, research and findings and can be found here: www.nwo.org.nz/resources/report-of-matike-mai-aotearoa-the-independent-working-group-on-constitutional-transformation/

UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

The UNDRIP was set up in 2010 for the purpose of increasing the UN’s commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.

Find out about UNDRIP and its role in New Zealand here: www.tpk.govt.nz/en/a-matou-whakaarotau

Privacy Commissioner

The Privacy Commissioner website provides information about your rights and responsibilities under the Privacy Act 2020 and the Privacy Principles. It also outlines the role of the Privacy Commissioner and how to make a privacy complaint.

Website: www.privacy.org.nz
Email: enquiries@privacy.org.nz
Phone: 0800 803 909

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata/Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission website provides information about human rights in Aotearoa and outlines how you can make a complaint to the Commission.

Website: www.tikatangata.org.nz or www.hrc.co.nz
Email: infoline@hrc.co.nz
Phone: 0800 496 877 (0800 4 YOUR RIGHTS)

Advocacy and support groups

Community Law

Your local Community Law Centre can provide you with free initial legal advice.

Find your local Community Law Centre online: www.communitylaw.org.nz/our-law-centres

Rainbow Youth

RainbowYOUTH provide support services to members of the rainbow community, their friends, whānau and wider communities.

Website: www.ry.org.nz
Instagram: www.instagram.com/rainbowyouth
Facebook: www.facebook.com/rainbowyouth

Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service

The Nationwide Health & Disability Advocacy Service offers free, independent, and confidential advice to support you in resolving issues with health and disability services.

Website: www.advocacy.org.nz
Email: advocacy@advocacy.org.nz
Phone: 0800 555 050

Disabled Persons Assembly NZ

Disabled Persons Assembly NZ provides direct support and advocacy, and work in collaboration with others to achieve inclusion for all New Zealanders.

Website: www.dpa.org.nz
Email: comms@dpa.org.nz
Phone: 04 801 9100

Mental Health Support

The Mental Health Foundation has useful links and resources for people dealing with mental health issues.

Website: www.mentalhealth.org.nz
For helplines and further support: www.mentalhealth.org.nz/helplines

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